“The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents,” by the Swiss playwright Lukas Bärfuss, and translated by Neil Blackadder is partly a case study, mixed with dark comedy. The main character Dora is a teenager who has been medicated for years for an unidentified issue. When her parents decide to take her off medication, she experiences an erotic awakening she cannot control.
The production is directed by Aramazd Stepanian and the cast includes Mayva Burckley, Mark Mandell, Jackie Narian, Regina Pickett, Tim Tyler, Charles Wing and Jim Young.
The script is interesting and unusual though at times it seems as if plot elements come out of nowhere. In a way, use of various multi-sided cubes as part of the staging, coupled with a photo on screen seemed versatile and clever, in a manner: however, with more than 30 scenes this took about 15 minutes of time for scene changes and the cubes were not always placed correctly. It certainly kept the actors busy. Perhaps with such a wide stage it seems some other staging could have eliminated and reduced this and added to the timing and blocking.
With a mature script this show is not for everyone, but the production does offer a fresh concept, with an intriguing storyline, and features an enthusiastic cast.
“The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents” plays at the Luna Playhouse (3706 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204) every Friday and Saturday at 8pm til August 22. Tickets are $20. For reservations and information, call (818) 500-7200 or visit www.lunaplayhouse.com